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    Historical Romance

    Given the choice between prison, hanging and becoming a spy – which would you choose? If your younger sister was kidnapped and her life threatened to force you to become a double spy – what would you do? If you had a coded document needing to be deciphered - who would you go to? Faced with such questions and not knowing which way to turn was not easy for “The Flower” but her first stop was with code breaker Maximilian Westwood. After that all bets were off as thief, spy and dancer, Vivenne Le Fleur, set out to find her sister and do the best that she could to do right by England. Max does step in to help out from time to time and in the process the two learn more about one another, begin to care for each other and eventually come to an understanding they – and their country – can live with. Fun story and interesting read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out and would like to thank NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.
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    Great Fun

    Mademoiselle Vivienne LaFleur is a spy, but for England not France. Her cover is as an opera dancer and her protector is her commander. Unfortunately for her someone else has discovered who she is and this puts her and her family in grave danger. Maximilian Westwood is a translator now, but was a code breaker during the war. He has decoded messages for the Flower many times. She fascinates and confuses him. This is a wonderful , intrigue filled story. Our heroine is a strong and brave young woman with a huge heart and sticky fingers. Our hero is a man who likes all to be in order and everyone to act honorably. There is humour, romance and lots of action. It is part of a series but easily read as a stand alone. I will definitely be looking for the others in the series. I loved it.
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    Loved it

    'A Dance with Seduction' by Alyssa Alexander is Book Three in the " A Spy in the Ton". This is the story of Max and Vivienne. I have not yet read the other books, so for me this was a standalone book. Vivienne is a spy they call Flower...and someone wants her to turn her spying to their purpose. When she refuses they kidnap her younger sister. Vivienne needs help breaking the code they have left her and she turns to Max who at one time they did a job together and she trust him as much as she can trust anyone. Vivienne had to at an early age choose between spying or prison. So she doesn't really know who she is with so many identities she has to play. But she does know she needs her sister back safely at any cost. Max at first isn't wiling to help her it seems but he gets drawn into her world and does try to help. But can these two have a future....it was interesting to see it play out for sure. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Great characters!

    Maximilian has retired from code breaking for His Majesty’s Secret Service, he is now a translator. One evening, Vivienne La Fleur, whom Maximilian knows a little, creeps into his study and asks for his help. Vivienne, is officially an opera dancer, but is in fact a spy for the Crown: the Flower. Vivienne’s sister has been abducted as leverage, and Vivienne cannot tell her handler and protector, Henri. What Vivienne knew would be a perilous endeavour soon becomes a matter of life and death. A DANCE WITH SEDUCTION really is a spy caper, and I found refreshing that Vivienne is a competent spy, and not fumbling her way through her missions. I had no issues pertaining to the plot, but with Vivienne’s story. I could not fathom how a spy, even a couple of centuries ago, could barely read; how come no one noticed, not even her handler. That didn’t work for me, and we know this right from the beginning. But I felt it became even more implausible when we learned Vivienne’s full backstory, and whether I wanted it or not, it deeply affected my appreciation of the book. While it was a fact for artists, I wasn’t too crazy either to have a heroine who is described as a kept woman, although this was satisfactorily explained later on. Ms. Alexander paints a realistically bleak atmosphere – spying is, after all, done in the shadows – which suits the story, as well as the author’s unadorned writing, there are also lovely period details strewn throughout. I did find Vivienne’s lines of dialogue a bit stilted at times, possibly to convey her French accent, and the same applies to some parts of her story told from her perspective – not her point of view, this book is written in the third person – it felt stiff. Maximilian was a welcome change for a hero: he is not wealthy, he is not an aristocrat; he is more of a Regency geek, and a real gentleman to boot. Vivienne is a fun heroine, capable and kind-hearted, driven, and a believable one, apart from the abovementioned issues, which do not affect the character per se, but the story. Although I found the first sex scene a trifle incongruous, the other ones were very well done. The romance was really nice, especially from Maximilian’s side; the action sequences are terrific: lightning fast and convincing; and I was totally wrong as to the identity of the villain. Now, I have to wonder if there is a book in store for the most intriguing Jones… I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    I spy... A great novel!

    This story had it all for me: romance, suspense, action, danger, chemistry, secrets and espionage. There was just enough of a balance between sentimentality and emotion & cloak and dagger to satisfy the multi-dimensional reader in me. Vivienne and Max were complex, vivid characters to cherish and remember. The interesting story line moved along steadily and did not lag at any point. Alexander, a new-to-me author, is now one of my favorites! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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